School of Computer Science

BEng Computer Science/Software Engineering - 2012

Final Award BEng
Programme TitleComputer Science/Software Engineering
School/DepartmentSchool of Computer Science
Banner Code4753
Length of Programme3 years
Total Credits360
Awarding InstitutionThe University of Birmingham
Designed for accreditation by IET (IEEE) BCS
QAA Benchmarking GroupsComputing

Educational Aims Of Programme

  • Thorough coverage of the core areas of computer science, with a systematic grounding both in its theoretical underpinnings and in practical software development, through a focussed programme offering an extensive choice of advanced and specialist options in the third year.
  • Flexibility to change programmes after the first year, e.g. to the BSc in Computer Science, or to transfer to the MEng degree of the same name after the second year (subject to performance).
  • A basis for a career as a software engineer, producing graduates who are equipped to work effectively in a professional capacity, with transferable skills in numeracy, problem-solving, team working and general communication and information technology.
  • A solid foundation for further study in computing/IT, producing graduates who are self-motivating and are able to take responsibility for their continuing personal and professional development
  • An accredited degree satisfying the first three years of the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

Programme Outcomes and Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategies

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Mathematical, theoretical, scientific and engineering principles and methodologies relating to Computing and computer applications, for use in the analysis and solution of Computing problems and to enable appreciation and understanding of their context and of historical, current and future developments and technologies.
  • Appropriate theory, practices and tools for the analysis and evaluation of computer-based systems and their components, including appropriate analytical and quantitative methods and modelling techniques.
  • The context of the development of computer-based systems, including commercial and economic aspects, management techniques, relevant legal requirements, professional and ethical issues and the need to promote sustainable development.

Skills & Other Attributes

  • The ability to analyse, specify, design and construct computer-based systems, by:
  • A professional software engineering ethos, showing commitment to quality, understanding and respecting appropriate legal frameworks, codes of practice and standards, with a responsible, ethical and open-minded attitude to their work.

Transferable Skills

  • The ability to work both independently and as an effective team member.
  • The ability to use and apply general IT facilities, including those required for effective information-retrieval.
  • Numeracy, in both understanding and presenting cases involving quantitative or similar formal, symbolic dimensions.
  • Management of learning and development, including time management, organizational skills, and the ability to pursue independently further professional development.